CRN: "Identifications" Workshop
This is the concluding meeting for an extended research collaboration by a network of social scientists and historians. This Collaborative Research Network (CRN) has been sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies with funds from the Ford Foundation. The theme of research is "Official and Vernacular Identifications in the Making of the Modern World," a theme pursued by means of interrelated but autonomous research projects in Russia, France and the French-Atlantic World, Southeast Asia (Thailand and Yunnan, China), and Western China (Xinjiang).
The goal of this workshop is to discuss draft papers being prepared for the CRN's concluding publication, which is intended to appear as an E-book. Present at the workshop will also be organizers for the recently-launched ACLS Social Science Translation Project, who are considering using some of the texts produced by the CRN as a basis for examination of translation problems linguistic, conceptual, and cross-cultural arising in the increasingly globalized practice of social science.
As we enter the Collaborative Research Network's third year of activity, roughly congruent with calendar 2003, we undertake a synthetic and synoptic reflection on the basic research conducted by area-based teams during the previous two years. At the most recent network meeting (in New York, February 7-8), "writing groups" were formed, each of which is composed of researchers from several area-teams (see below for the list of groups, their topics, and membership). The goal is to produce a series of integrative essays, summing up what we have learned about identifications and drawing implications for future work on this subject in Russia, Southeast Asia, and France/the French Atlantic world.
Muslim minority identifications in post-9/11 China and Russia
Religious cults as cultural resistance: the Karen and Martinican cases
Power plays, multiple identifications, and citizenship
Identifications, and the use and abuse of history in France and Russia
Identifications as the use of resources in French Guyana and Southeast Asia
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